There’s no hiding from God.

1 Samuel 28:3-25 - Saul sinned against the Lord. He brought God’s judgment upon himself: ‘Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord... the Lord has done this thing to you this day’ (18). ‘Saul disguised himself’’ - he thought he could get away with his sin. He was wrong: ‘Be sure your …

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Again and again, Lord, we take the easy way out.

1 Samuel 15:1-35 Again and again, Lord, we take the easy way out. We avoid conflict. We side with evil, when we should be choosing good. Why are we like this? - We've always been like this. It's the story of our life. It's everybody's story. Can we be changed? We'll never be perfect, but …

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Who are we listening to? …

Learning From God's Word

“A cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”” (Mark 9:7).

Who are we listening to? So many people have so much to say. What are we to make of it all? There is so much that fills us with anxiety. The more we hear, the more we get worried. We feel like we’re looking into a dark hole. Out of the cloud came a voice. It was the voice of the Lord our God. What does he say to us? He tells us to listen to Jesus. We’re not alone in this world. Jesus tells us that he is with us. He tells us that he loves us. Sometimes, the clouds get in the way. We can see nothing but dark clouds. This leads to dark thoughts. This is when we need to listen to the Word of the…

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We come to You, Lord, with sadness. You give us gladness.

1 Samuel 1:1-28 We come to You, Lord, with sadness. You give us gladness. How does this gladness come to us? It comes to us when we stand upon Your Word, when we believe Your promises. Our life is not controlled by our feelings - the feelings that drag us down, the feelings that pull us …

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Let us find our joy and our strength in the Lord.

1 SAMUEL  1:1-28 -  Hannah ‘wept’. Hannah ‘was no longer sad’ (7,18). What made the difference? No child had been born. She had not even conceived. These things did not happen until later (21). Why was there such a change in Hannah? She believed. God’s Word had been spoken (17). Hannah believed His Word. She …

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‘Religion’ is no substitute for compassion.

1 Samuel 21:1-22:23 - ‘Religion’ is no substitute for compassion (21:3-6; Matthew 12:1-4,7). These were difficult times for David. His life was in great danger. He maintained his trust in the Lord. Looking ahead to the future, he speaks of ‘what God will do for me’ (22:3). Saul did not have the upper hand. God …

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